The Ford Transit – a name that’s synonymous with versatility and reliability in the world of commercial vehicles. This world renowned van has a rich history littered with random facts and fascinating tidbits that often get overlooked or unnoticed. In this article we’re going to list a selection of these wondrous Transit facts and hidden gems, so whether you’re a dedicated Ford enthusiast or simply curious about the hidden treasures of this enduring icon – take a moment to read on and discover something you probably didn’t know about the Transit…

Ford Transit Facts:

  1. The first ever Ford Transit came down the line at the company‘s Langley commercial vehicle plant in Berkshire, England on August 9, 1965. This was an old Hawker Hurricane factory.

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2. The 1965 Transit was the first van big enough to carry an 8ft by 4ft sheet of plywood.

3. Ford took £33million of orders before production had even started on the first Transit.

4. The Transit was close to being named V-Series but bosses spotted a large “Transit” label on the prototype when it arrived in the UK – and the name stuck.

5. Langley built 317,800 Transits before production moved to Southampton in 1972.

6. Southampton, an ex-Spitfire factory, built 2,200,173 Transits before closing in July 2013.

7. To demonstrate the durability of its new diesel engine, two Ford Transits drove flat-out for a week non-stop at the high-speed Monza race circuit in 1972, breaking three world endurance records, including 10,000 miles (16,000 km) at an average speed of 73.684 mph.

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8. A 6-wheeled Transit concept vehicle, the Ford Transit 3001 complete with gullwing doors was commissioned by Ford in 1979 as a vision for vans of the future.

9. In 1985, Ford apprentices from Dunton, U.K., built a floating Transit to take part in the annual raft race at Southend, Essex.

10. Capital Radio once circled the M25 for seven days and nights in a Transit in 1986.

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11. The 2006 Transit ensured that customers were even more spoilt for choice, being the first van ever to offer front-wheel drive, rear-wheel drive or a sophisticated new intelligent all-wheel drive (AWD) system – ideal for icy winter conditions or tacking off-road tracks.

12. In 2014, the Transit went on sale in North America for the very first time, replacing Ford’s popular E-Series model. Transits for that market are produced in a new assembly plant in Kansas City, U.S.

13. On August 9th 2025 the Ford Transit will be celebrating its 60th Anniversary.

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14. One in four UK van sales is a Transit.

15. A new Ford Transit is sold roughly every 3 minutes.

16. Lined up end-to-end, every Ford Transit would circle the globe.